Ansel Adams, one of the best-known photographers in the world, said “A good photograph is obtained knowing where to stand” . Many times, when we are taking pictures, we take great care to achieve perfection , in making each photo a work of art when, in reality, it does not have to be that way. Have you ever stopped to think about what you’re doing for photos? What is the objective of the same? What will you do with it once you have it stored in the internal memory of the mobile? In what context are you?
Imagine the following: you are at a birthday party and you want to capture the exact moment when your grandmother, who turns 90 today, blows the candles with the tear falling down her cheek. Is a spectacular photo , but it requires certain knowledge. You should zoom in, change the shutter speed to make it faster, raise the ISO sensitivity, possibly compensate the exposure slightly so that it does not turn dark … Total, that when you go to take the picture your grandmother has already blown the candles and is opening the gifts. You have missed the moment.
Photography goes far beyond applying a suitable configuration to the camera . Photography is a matter of capturing moments at the right time, worth the redundancy. Therefore, the best advice we can give you to take pictures, be it with your mobile or with the camera, is that you do not get hot with the manual mode . Use the automatic mode for day to day, let the phone do the work for you and the one that applies the best settings for every moment . You will have time to edit it, touch it and modify some things. The important thing is that the photo is made, the rest always has a solution.
Does this mean that you have to completely bypass manual mode , Pro mode, professional mode or whatever you call on your smartphone? No, nothing further from reality. It is imperative that you know how to use it to get the photographer you have inside, but It is not necessary that you use it at all times. I tell you my case. I usually do a lot of photos, most of them of architecture and buildings, and I can afford to stop and configure the camera for each shot. The building is not going to move, the plan will not change. However, when I go out and take pictures with my friends, or at events and celebrations, I do not ‘like the head’. I prefer to use automatic mode and, if I have to fix something, do it later with time and calm. The photo is already taken, I’m not going to miss the moment, and that’s the important thing.
Use manual mode when you can use it , when the scene asks for it. It is not the same to photograph a sunset in automatic mode, in which the camera will do its best because the whole scene is illuminated, than in a manual mode. With this mode you can highlight the sun and its reflection in the water, obscuring the rest of the landscape to generate a nice contrast. Before pressing the button, think what you want to achieve, what do you want . The more you train, the more you will learn and the better photographer you will be. Remember, automatic mode for day to day, manual mode for occasions when you can stop and think.